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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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October 28, 2015
Bloomberg BNA

Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Proposed Recordkeeping Rule

October 28, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's proposed recordkeeping rule in Bloomberg BNA's "Employers Target OSHA Proposed Record-Keeping Rule." Subscription may be required to view article       Read More

October 15, 2015
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Revised Reporting Agreements

October 15, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's revised reporting agreements in "New workplace injury reporting rules confuse employers, swamp OSHA," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard in remodeling's "Reg Watch: The Latest Jobsite Safety Updates." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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February 9, 2016

Congress Reacts to Obama Administration Moves on Joint Employer Liability

February 9, 2016

The Republican leadership of a congressional oversight committee has started investigating inter-agency communications in response to the Obama Administration’s attempts to hold business franchisors accountable for labor law violations of their franchisees. Last August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a highly... Read More

December 8, 2015

OSHA Seeks Comment on New OSHA Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines

December 8, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking for stakeholder input on revised safety and health management guidelines that employers may adopt voluntarily. The draft guidelines (SHPM_guidelines.pdf) update the agency’s 1989 safety and health program management guidelines. The 39-page guidance document lists seven... Read More

November 20, 2015

Fainting is Recordable Even If Caused by Non-Recordable Event

November 20, 2015

Fainting is recordable under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s injury reporting rules, even if the loss-of-consciousness is due to a non-recordable injury incurred at work, the agency said in an interpretation letter to a West Virginia retailer. The retailer’s inquiry described an employee who had... Read More

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Cal-OSHA Moves to Align with Federal OSHA Construction Fall Protection Requirements
February 5, 2016

Consistent with its edict to other state plans, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has instructed California to bring its construction fall protection requirements into line with federal OSHA construction fall protection requirements which requires fall protection for employees working in above a height of 6 feet. Read More

OSHA Holds Public Meeting on its New Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
December 15, 2015

Authored by: Linda Otaigbe On December 9, 2015 OSHA held a public meeting at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. to discuss its revised Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, which are voluntary guidelines for employers.  Dr. Read More

OSHA Anticipates Issuing Several New Final Rules in Early 2016
November 23, 2015

On November 20, 2015 the fall semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published. This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Read More